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Top five things to do this weekend

Find something fun to do this weekend in Gloucestershire.

1# Swing era band set to dance into Tewkesbury 

Where: The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

When: Friday, February 7, 7.30pm

With a stunning and energetic show described by Time Out London as "one hellova celebration of vintage music", audiences can expect an unforgettable night of top-class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistible humour and joie de vivre.

Led by pianist and arranger Mike Paul-Smith, the band comprises expert musicians, many of whom trained at top UK conservatoires and universities.

Mike Paul-Smith said: "Our show is a celebration of the best vintage music - we play great songs that have stood the test of time and audiences love and our shows never fail to leave people feeling uplifted and wanting more.

"You can expect to hear respectful re-creations of the music of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more. We also put our own spin on some vintage classics and perform them in a way you haven't seen before. We can't wait to bring the party to Tewkesbury."

Tickets are £18-£26 and available at http://www.rosestheatre.org/events/entry/down-for-the-count-swing-that-music#.XYyuKohJl0t 

2# It's an Oscar Wilde classic...but not as you know it! 

Where: The Barn Theatre, Beeches Road, Cirencester

When: Thursday, January 23, to Saturday, February 15

This hilarious, two-man re-imagining of the classic will delight and entertain in equal measure. Already recognised as one of the UK's funniest plays, this ingenious, riotous, re-telling of the story has two incredibly talented actors playing every single character.

Rapid quick changes, tap dancing, fabulous frocks and enough tea to sink a ship, audiences are in for a wildly waggish time. It's Oscar Wilde's classic as you've never seen it before, Built By Barn style!

Visit The Barn Theatre website to book tickets.

Read Review: The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barn Theatre  

3# Renowned painter to hold solo show at Cotswolds gallery 

Where: Fosse Gallery, The Manor House, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AF

When: Sunday, February 9, to Saturday, February 29, 10.30am to 5pm

The exhibition is entitled 'The Journey' and comprises around 50 paintings, all for sale, in the region of £1,000 to £6,000.

Jenny's paintings are a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours ranging from exotic Indian palaces to the Highlands and islands of Scotland. She is drawn to the more remote parts of the world, hence her preferred hunting grounds for her subject matter tend to be Scotland, Cornwall and India's Rajasthan and Thar Desert.

Born in 1959, Jenny Wheatley trained at West Surrey College of Art & Design, gaining a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting/Printmaking in 1981.

One of her paintings was chosen by Grayson Perry to be part of the 250th anniversary of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy last year. Also, in 2018 Qindao Museum in China bough four huge paintings as part of their national collection.

The complete exhibition can be viewed online at www.fossegallery.com and opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm.

4# Spectacular light installation to shine bright at Gloucester Cathedral 

Where: Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel

When: Thursday, January 16 (from 1.30pm) to Sunday, February 23

Opening today (Thursday, January 16), the free exhibition, titled 'Where There is Light', marks the culmination of events celebrating 20 years of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and features artwork by Gloucestershire based digital arts group, Squidsoup.

Working in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, The Music Works and Gloucester Cathedral, the exhibition will provide a truly poignant, immersive sensory experience to visitors. It aims to raise awareness of the crucial work GARAS does to support asylum seekers and refugees across the county.

Visitors to 'Where There is Light' will see the Lady Chapel transformed into an environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. Visitors become part of the artwork as the light and sound changes around them.

'Where There Is Light' will take up residence in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral from today at 1.30pm until Sunday, February 23. Please check the Gloucester Cathedral website for the daily opening times of 'Where There is Light'.

5# Snowdrop Celebration weekend at Museum in the Park 

Where: Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud

When: Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, & Sunday, February 9, 11am - 4pm

Along with craft workshops and plant stalls, there will be a celebration of the Giant Snowdrop Company, a business based in Hyde, near Stroud, from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s.

A small display in the Museum's reception area will tell the story of this local company whose importance is nationally recognised as having laid the foundations for the current popularity and availability of snowdrops.

On Saturday afternoon at 2pm there will be a special talk by Jane Kilpatrick entitled 'The Five Valleys: At the Heart of the Snowdrop Story'.

Jane is co-author of the book 'The Galanthophiles - 160 years of Snowdrop Devotees', and she will help you discover the rich history of snowdrop cultivation and collecting in the local area. Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) and booking is essential - call 01453 763394.

On Sunday afternoon, February 9 at 3pm, Stroud's much-loved comedian-poet-illustrator Bill Jones will be performing his 'Growing Victorians' show as part of the Snowdrop Weekend. Tickets cost £5, limited places, so please book soon if you'd like to come along - call 01453 763394.

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